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‘Some clarification on heroism’s demise’ redux

By Staff | Feb 24, 2021

To the editor:

In 1987 Rick Scott started Columbia; in 1994 his company merged with HCA Tennessee. Together they purchased hundreds of hospitals, home health locations and surgery centers in Texas. He was the CEO of the company until 1997. After he learned earlier that year that the federal government was investigating the company for fraud, he resigned. In 2000, the company pleaded guilty to 14 fraud felonies and paid $840,000,000 in criminal fines, civil damages and penalties. In 2002 the company paid $881,000,000 for similar claims totaling $1.7 billion. At that time, it paid the highest fines ever for Medicare/Medicaid fraud. All this fraud committed while he was the CEO.

When he was deposed about the fraud, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 75 times. I certainly don’t know how the writer of “Heroism’s Demise” defines heroism. However, I don’t think somebody who stole millions of dollars from the taxpayers could ever be considered a hero. Actually, he would be considered a thief by definition and a cowardly one at that cringing behind the Fifth Amendment.*

We do have examples of true heroes in this country. We see them every day on the news putting their lives at risk to hand out food to long lines of desperate individuals, in hospitals nursing and doctoring those with COVID, in the grocery stores to make sure people can purchase the basics, exposing themselves to COVID to test and make sure people can get the vaccine.

I assure you that Rick Scott is not now, nor ever was, a hero.

Brigid Nawrocki

Cape Coral

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